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Originally Posted by jpelg View Post
I'm guessing Headroom?
I've been bugging Tyll to do a stand-alone balanced DAC for two years or so, he still says no. And the prototype of the ultra-micro wasn't available for the meet.

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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
I guess we have to wait.
Yeah, but less than 24hrs. I've had it up and running for a month and haven't said anything till today, talk about a curse! And really, the only reason for not saying anything is to try and get some honest feedback on it before people know what's in the box. No teasing intended.
post #5402 of 6020
I've got to teach you my trick Nate. You just proclaim your own product as the greatest sounding one ever, then don't let anyone listen to it to refute that statement.
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I think after a year since going into head-fi, I am finally worthy of this thread. Living with this curse on a $100 a month income (pocket money) is hell. Anyways, here's the before and after.


Before



About a month after (those towers are useless. Picked the up for about $50)


About 6 months ago


Now

Awaiting my Sennheiser HD480-II-13 and my Sony D-33.

CURSE YOU HEAD-FI!!
post #5404 of 6020
Thread Starter 
having multiple iPods instanly qualifies you for this thread. Welcome to the Team!
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Originally Posted by Jahn View Post
having multiple iPods instanly qualifies you for this thread. Welcome to the Team!
Looks more like multiple DAPs. Black one doesn't appear to be an iPod.
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Originally Posted by bperboy View Post
Looks more like multiple DAPs. Black one doesn't appear to be an iPod.
It looks like a Creative ZVM to me.

Nice funcpad.
post #5407 of 6020
Thread Starter 
You guys are so right. I'm losing my edge! Curse you, guitars!

Speaking of which, the H13, well someone really wanted it, so I'm swapping it for a Martin 000-18 from the Custom Shop, should be here this week! In the meantime I brought out my current Martin and pounded this out - it is muggy these days, foul mood...

"Leave Me Alone" by New Order!
post #5408 of 6020
Jahn, I thoroughly enjoyed your thread....what a great pictorial essay! Any new purchases lately?
post #5409 of 6020
I love the Xbox stacked on top of the rest of your audio equipment.

nice zen vision m!
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by applevalleyjoe View Post
Jahn, I thoroughly enjoyed your thread....what a great pictorial essay! Any new purchases lately?
Believe it or not, the headphone rig has been pretty stable since the last NYC minimeet, so the torch has been temporarily passed on to the Team to keep the thread alive!
post #5411 of 6020
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Originally Posted by Jahn View Post
Believe it or not, the headphone rig has been pretty stable since the last NYC minimeet, so the torch has been temporarily passed on to the Team to keep the thread alive!
I think Nate must hurry up and pick up the torch for this new creation he's holding back! I must know immediately!

EDIT: I am 1337!!!!!!


post #5412 of 6020
Fine, fine, here's the update promised last night...

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My new transport. This is available as a kit from HifiDIY. I met the owner through my dealings with the Millett Hybrid project and decided to take the plunge a couple months ago. It didn't play nice with the Denon DAC at the time so hasn't seen much use until I finished this...

My new DAC.


What is it? It's the world's only (for now?) stand alone Headroom Balanced MAX DAC. The name, "Hertsens Signature DAC" was my idea and is just meant to accomplish two goals, one to give a hint at what's in the box and two to pay a small tribute to a guy that bleeds the headphone hobby.

Now there's a bit of a story behind how this came to be and of course more pictures so bear with me. Around two years ago I started a campaign of giving Tyll a ration of crap every time I talked to him about not building a high-end DAC when they'd already done the hard work and designed one. His response was always the same, "We're not a DAC company" etc, etc. So this winter/spring Headroom announced their plans to build the Ultra Micro and I changed my tune slightly to say that if they'd only build a balanced MAX DAC my source search would be over. In an effort to shut me up Tyll concocted a plan to sell me a balanced MAX DAC module and I could do the rest which meant providing a power supply, wiring and casing it all up, etc. So I called up Jamey and we set the wheels in motion.

The DAC uses amb's sigma22 for the power supply pumping out a super clean +/- 12V, a custom daughter board (designed by me) and will eventually be configured with a front panel input switch allowing me to switch between two coax sources which are the aforementioned transport and my Squeezebox3. I was originally thinking of retaining the USB input but this thing sounds so good it's never coming out of my main rig. But enough of my blabbering, MORE PICS!





post #5413 of 6020
WOW! Very impressive Nate! Did the RCA and USB jacks come like that, or did you modify them to fit into XLR housings? Very slick look!
post #5414 of 6020
Sexy, very sexy. I Like this one-off.
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Originally Posted by swt61 View Post
WOW! Very impressive Nate! Did the RCA and USB jacks come like that, or did you modify them to fit into XLR housings? Very slick look!
Thanks Steve, they're all stock Neutrik jacks, I wanted everything on the back panel to match so that as much as possible. And the USB is going to get subbed out for a second coax input (RCA jack). I'll update these picture with some better ones later in the week as most of those were taken the first night I had it working when I was so giddy to find that it worked and I hadn't blown anything up that I didn't bother setting up a proper picture.
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